As we all know, Corporate Integrity Agreements (CIA’s) are an excellent resource to a compliance officer when trying to stay ahead of the ever-changing compliance landscape. CIA’s provide a wealth of information as to what the Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes should be elements of an effective compliance program. They can also help clarify roles and responsibilities of the board or senior leadership in a healthcare organization. It is highly recommended that you monitor CIAs posted on the OIG site on a periodic basis to see if the model CIA has been updated or changed.Read More
What is a Corporate Integrity Agreement?
A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is a document that outlines the obligations in which a healthcare entity agrees to a civil settlement with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) to resolve an allegation of fraud.Read More
Each day, more stories continue to dominate headlines concerning the country's opioid abuse and its impact on families, health, and the economy. With the crisis reaching a critical mass, the highest levels of government are working to address so many health concerns with an executive order recently released from the White House. This epidemic is also resulting in a record number of doctors being disciplined by medical boards for over-prescribing to patients.
Recently, the state of New Jersey ramped up its enforcement efforts by sanctioning 31 physicians for allegedly over-prescribing painkillers. This is a trend that seems to put a dent in the proliferation of addiction to pain killers, and the epidemic of pain killer narcotic over-prescription.Read More
There is nothing like D.C. in the spring. The Healthcare Compliance Association (HCCA) held its annual Compliance Institute in DC for 2017 and almost 3,000 of the nation’s compliance officers/managers gathered at the Gaylord National Harbor for three days. As has been the case for years, the conference was spectacular.
It is refreshing to be around so many people who share the same goal - compliance and quality care.
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